Posted 13 June 2010 - 11:50 AM
There are too many possibilities to this, like Darthy mentioned different languages become a problem just to list the main ones, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and there are many more like the Scandinavian languages of Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian, the Eastern Europe languages of Polish, Russian (Used as a language by some in the former USSR states), Latvian, Estonian etc.
The list becomes endless nearly, just 12 there alone nevermind the Balkan Countries languages and various other Eastern Europe languages I haven't added.
Another factor to consider is national sovereignty, I'm pretty sure countries like Germany and France wouldn't want to give that up, We in the UK certainly don't 80% or so of people here want a Referendum on our EU participation and from the sounds of it (myself included) would vote no to staying in the EU, it is a failed bureaucracy as has been proven with the Greek debt crisis, it couldn't handle the crisis sufficiently to get the Markets off the Euros back, Germany was reluctant at first to bail Greece out other Eurozone countries wanted to, no one could agree for weeks, now if that isn't an ineffective bureaucracy then I don't know what is.
And just with the national sovereignty point alone, I can quote a saying I read somewhere "Without political union there can be no economic union" or words to that effect. It might be a nice dream to have but it would take quite a few more treaties to integrate European countries fully and a lot of political will and since us in the UK are pretty much guaranteed a referendum on the next treaty when or if it comes and are most likely to vote no to the EU treaty (obviously unless it suits us well enough that we won't lose more national powers) and thus pull out of the EU unless some sort of amendment is made but my guess would be that the British public would keep voting against the treaty and we would have to pull out of the EU thus destroying the prospect of the EU being a Superpower, or at least I think it would, the EU without the UK would be seriously weakened, though I do think we would prefer being in the EEA like Norway, the EEA basically allows the country access the the Single Market and the free trade agreements between EU countries without being in the EU or Euro.
And the European states aren't exactly debt free, the welfare states we have effectively created have left us with massive amounts of debt and governments getting ready to slash budgets substantially, the UK has around 60% of debt to GDP, France has a similar ratio, Germany has about 70% to debt to GDP, Italy has over 100% debt to GDP, Spain is in the mid 50%'s, Portugal is pretty similar to France and the UK, thus you see the picture of heavily indebted states needing to cut there budgets, now obviously Europe isn't a beacon of fiscal prudence but certainly better than the US in most cases.
The more fiscally prudent examples to watch are Canada (with their very effective budget cutting in the 90's, although they do have an advantage most European countries don't Oil and various other valuable resources), Australia again relatively low indebted government similar to Canadian government debt if not better but again the same valuable resources advantage.
So yeah anyway sorry but I seriously doubt a massive European Union will ever happen based on my first 3 or so paragraphs, not that the US had it easy forming a union of states I'm pretty sure they had some language problems too? French and Spanish along with English?, Spanish is recognised as an Official language in the US isn't it?